Sunday, 2 August 2020
Has the office of Prime Minister vanished?
Broadly similar global responses to the coronavirus debacle tell us that outline UK response policies were not the responsibility of the UK government. Boris and co merely followed global protocols and gave in to whatever external pressures, media hysteria and technical advice appeared to be politically compelling. They are still doing it even though it has been pointless for weeks.
In one sense it all suggests that Boris and co had no choice but it also suggests they hardly ever have a choice. The office of Prime Minister is merely a clearing house for pressure groups and vested interests and many of those pressures and interests are global.